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A-Town Blues

Wayne Hancock

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Album Review

There are never any big stylistic surprises with Hancock — the man knows what works for him musically and never veers outside of his circle of comfort. In the case of Wayne "The Train" Hancock, this means that he is still pounding out the same retro country/honky tonk/Western swing vibe that he has toyed with since his excellent 1995 debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs. Hancock's fourth album, A-Town Blues, features more anachronistically pleasing old-time music augmented by warbled Southwestern vocals. On his first release for the insurgent country label Bloodshot Records, the wayward troubadour touches on familiar genre subject matter as well. Tales of road weariness ("Route 23"), warnings about booze and breaking the law ("Miller, Jack, and Mad Dog"), and, of course, heartbreak ("Sands of Time") are all recurring themes. Surprisingly, a production hand by longtime collaborator Lloyd Maines (Wilco, Richard Buckner) doesn't really add much to Hancock's naturally sparse sound, though. If anything, it's Maines' appropriately placed steel guitar licks that actually do more for the album. All in all, A-Town Blues is yet another excellent release from a homely, all-American artist.

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Great Album!

Great Album!!!

This is real Honky Tonk Juke Joint Swingin' music from TEXAS

This is the first Wayne Hancock album I ever bought, and man was it a good pick. Wayne is the real deal. You hear that alot now adays, but after following his shows and knowing him personally over the years, no doubt he's the real deal. This is real honky tonk juke joint swingin' music from TEXAS. Enjoy!

Biography

Born: May 1, 1965 in Rockne, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative country favorite Wayne Hancock is that rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passion that his songs never feel like museum pieces he's trying desperately to preserve. Hancock is most often compared to Hank Williams, and he can indeed be a hardcore honky tonker, but there's more to him than that: he also displays a genuine affinity for stomping rockabilly, Western swing, blues, and old-timey country à la Jimmie Rodgers. Plus, he also...
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A-Town Blues, Wayne Hancock
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 04, 2001

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